Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Reduce and simplify, part of Learning Natural Light Portrait Photography.
- All right, well so far we've talked a little bit about…working with natural light, we've talked about…our lenses, our cameras and settings.…Well how then do we take all that we've learned…and apply that to composing strong frames?…Now that really is the question, right?…We have to figure out well how does…the subject fit into the frame,…how do we create good strong compositions?…Now in photography, when it comes to talking…about composition, you often hear people say…well use the rule of thirds and place the subject…on the rule of thirds, but that isn't necessarily…always true and it doesn't necessarily apply to portraiture.…
And because of that, I want to go above and beyond that.…And I want to share with you some tips, so that you can…think about portraiture composition in a completely new way.…All right, well the first tip that…I want to share with you is this.…It's all about this idea of composing…in order to reduce and simplify.…Now what do I mean by that?…We'll start off with the basics.…The basics of portraiture are often this,…
In this course, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to shoot effective portraits in natural light—even when the light isn't great. Chris explains how to find the best light, use open shade to your advantage, and leverage the uniqueness of doorway light. He also goes into camera and lens considerations, creating better compositions, working with people, planning for a shoot, and tackling a live shoot. Plus, he shares some tips for earning income as a people photographer.
- Why back light is great for portraits
- Lighting from the side
- Using open shade to your advantage
- Working with dappled and window light
- Camera and lens considerations
- Choosing the right lens
- Creating better compositions
- Posing and directing subjects
- Preparing for a shoot
- Earning income as a people photographer
- Jumpstarting your professional delivery
Skill Level Intermediate
Learning Lighting: Natural Lightwith Erin Manning41m 2s Beginner
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 50s Appropriate for all
Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York Citywith Chris Orwig1h 30m Appropriate for all
1. Find the Best Light
2. Camera Craft
3. Create Better Compositions
4. Working with People
Advanced tips9m 7s
5. Planning Ahead
6. Live Shoot
7. Turn Your Passion into Profit
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